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Adult Scarlet Fever
Strep gone wild: Scarlet fever is from the bacteria "strep". To put it simply, this is the skins reaction to the bacteria and you get a rough/sand papery rash with scarlet fever in addition to a sore throat and fever.This condition needs prompt antibiotics and if left untreated the infection can progress and you can become quite ill. I recommend you seek prompt medical attention. This can also be other illnesses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anyone can get: Scarlet Fever, which is simply a strep infection with a rash. It is no more serious than a strep throat, and if diagnosed is easily treated with an antibiotic. It got a bad reputation from the book, The Velveteen Rabbit, which was written before we had antibiotics to easily treat strep/scarlet fever. ...Read more
Scarlet F= scarlatin: Scarlet fever(scarlitina) is a term we apply when one has a group a strep infection that causes an extensive rash. The strep toxin enters the blood & begins to show up as an extensive sunburn like, flat rash that feels like sand paper. The patient will be expected to have high fever & the rash starts within 12 hrs of the fever. The rash often first appears in the bating trunk area & flexing areas. ...Read more
No: Both are triggered by the same bacteria GABHS, but are different diseases. Rheumatic fever is caused by the overreaction of the own body's immune system, which may attack it's own structures (like the heart and the joints). Scarlet fever occurs when that bacteria is infected with a virus that causes a toxin which makes the skin red and harsh but it may also cause rheumatic fever as a sequel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The germ: Some group A strep germs carry an extra piece of genetic code that triggers a toxin that can cause the rash. If someone has a strep infection in their throat it usually shows up within 12 hrs of the first fever. If the infection is treated very early, it may not show up at all. A strep germ without the extra gene will not trigger the rash. Scarlet fever is an old term used back before penicillin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Part of Strep: Scarlet fever is produced by the breakdown if you will of the strep bacteria. Not everyone who has "strep" develops the rash. The scarlet fever rash is more common in children. If you suspect you have a strep infection, seek treatment asap in order to avoid complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is scarlet fever contagious? Should i be wary of someone who has scarlet fever? Is it contagious?
I see cases yearly: Scarlet fever in the days before antibiotics was a truly scary disease. Weeks of high temperature and pealing red skin rash were often followed by other complications. Today it is muted by treatment. The rash generally starts within 12hrs of a fever with any strain of strep that can make the erythrotoxin.Treatment kills enough strep to minimize the rash & shorten the illness. ...Read more
It can if sensitive: It can if the bacteria is still sensitive to Amoxicillin.There has been lot of resistance to Amoxicillin for last several years and is not recommended as first line antibiotics. Cipro and Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Ceftrioxone are first line antibiotics recommended till culture and sensitivity report is available ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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